"Research is the last thing on our minds, we are in crisis": Experiences of Lagos state nurses towards research and scholarly endeavours

Oluwadamilare Akingbade, Oluwadara Eniola, Adesina A. Sulaiman, Emmanuel O. Adesuyi, Esther B. Ilesanmi, Zainab O. Adesokan, Bose C. Ogunlowo, Rafiat T. Akinokun, Emmanuel Oviri, Chioma J. Eze, Bolanle O. Ayodele

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Aim To explore the experiences of Nigerian nurses in research and scholarly endeavours. Design Descriptive phenomenological qualitative study design. Method In-depth interviews were conducted among 30 nurses until data saturation was reached. Data were analysed using the thematic analysis method, and consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research guidelines (COREQ) were adhered to in reporting this study. Results Three themes emerged: (1) challenges of nurses with research; (2) the state of nursing research in Lagos state; (3) strategies to improve the state of nursing research in Lagos state. Some challenges nurses in Lagos State encounter with research include heavy workload and nursing shortage due to brain drain, faulty research foundation, lack of continuing education in research and the stressful nature of conducting research in Lagos. Conclusion As research is essential in addressing healthcare challenges, policymakers are encouraged to employ more nurses to reduce the workload and provide time for research activities. Training and continuing education in research can be incorporated into professional development programmes. Lagos State will benefit from nursing research units in the hospitals, and a coordinating centre for the units should be provided with adequate funding. Support could be obtained from the Institute of Nursing Research Nigeria in establishing these structures. Hospital management should embrace and welcome research output from nurses and ensure such results are implemented to improve patients' care. Nurses who excel in research might be recognised with awards and other incentives to inspire their peers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing Open
Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 15 Aug 2023


  • experiences
  • Nigeria
  • nurses
  • qualitative study
  • research
  • research capacity


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